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State Museum offers free general admission to children 12 and under

WHO: South Carolina State Museum WHAT: The South Carolina State Museum is providing *free general admission to children 12 years old and younger starting Saturday, July 28 through Sunday, August 12. Guests can explore four floors of permanent and changing exhibits like Fill in the Gap, Eclipsing 50: The State Art Collection, 1967-2017 and South Carolina and Reconstruction, 1865 –…

Fugitive found in Swansea, transported to Columbia to be charged with murder

Antonio Alston. CPD provided photo. The Columbia Police Department announced that investigators have charged Antonio Deron Alston, 39, in connection with the stabbing death that occurred on Kent Street earlier in the month. He was found and arrested Monday night during a traffic stop by the Swansea Police Department. Members of the CPD Fugitive Team traveled to Lexington County to…

Richland District Two carries out active shooter drill with local first responders

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S.C. Treasurer gives more than $17,000 of unclaimed funds to Department of Mental Health

Director John Magill, Treasurer Curtis Loftis, and Dr. Alison Evans at check presentation. Photo provided. State Treasurer Curtis Loftis returned more than $17,000 in unclaimed property to S.C. Department of Mental Health officials Monday. The money will be used to meet the emergency needs of patients. Loftis presented a check for $17,333.79 to Dr. Alison Evans, chair of the State…

Flash flood warning issued for parts of Richland, Lexington counties

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a Flash Flood Warning that includes Dentsville, Hopkins, and Gadsden. The warning is in effect until 2:45 p.m., Monday. A Flash Flood Warning including Columbia, West Columbia and Cayce was issued later and is in effect until 3:45 p.m. The NWS had previously issued a severe thunderstorm Dentsville, Forest Acres, and Hopkins….

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: Marine Corps Veteran Bill Britt

94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute host Don Sornson conducts a weekly interview with a local member of the Armed Forces. The current soldier of the week is Marine Corps Veteran Bill Britt. This is a preview of Sornson’s interview with Britt.

Billy Britt.  Photo provided by Don Sornson. By Retired Sergeant First Class Don Sornson Jr. In this edition of the Soldier Salute, we’re featuring U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Bill Britt. Britt is a native of Lexington, who joined the Marine Corps immediately after 9/11. He was part of the initial raids into Iraq and Fallujah in 2003. Although Britt was…

USC Dance Marathon claims several awards at Miracle Network Leadership Conference

USCDM leadership team Indianapolis. Contributed by Miracle Network Dance Marathon.  University of South Carolina Dance Marathon claimed several national awards at the 2018 Miracle Network Dance Marathon Leadership Conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The conference welcomed over 950 student leaders, university administrators, and hospital foundation staff involved in Dance Marathons that fundraise for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals all over…

3 Gamecocks on All-Sec team- USC picked 2nd in SEC-East

USC Athletics Department graphic. From USC Athletics Three members of the South Carolina football team were named to 2018 preseason All-SEC squads, while the Gamecocks were picked to finish second in the Eastern Division, according to the media voting conducted at the SEC Football Media Days in Atlanta this week and was announced today. Senior Deebo Samuel was a first-team…

USC releases SEC Media Day transcript from Gamecock head coach Will Muschamp

Will Muschamp News Conference Transcript from Thursday’s SEC Media Day: Link to video of Will Muschamp at SEC Media Day Will Muschamp: Thank you, Commissioner. It’s great to be here. Great to kick off another football season. Excited about what we’ve got going on. Great to see you guys. Barry Odom said to you guys yesterday you’re all in the fourth…

Richland County Coroner holds burial ceremony for unidentified, unclaimed remains

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UPDATE – Richland County Sheriff’s Department finds fugitive

Gabrielle Watts. RCSD provided photo. Update on Wanted Fugitive On Thursday at approximately 7 p.m. Gabrielle Chase Watts, 35, was arrested, without incident, in Lexington County. He was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. Initial report: The Richland County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday afternoon that they are asking for the public’s help to find a 35-year-old male.  According…

Two Columbia shoe cobblers, one 38-year-long friendship

It's a friendship that was built from shoes.

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Dominion deal to buy SCANA in “public interest” says Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved Dominion Energy’s proposed $14.6 billion acquisition of the Cayce-based SCANA Corp. The proposed deal is “consistent with the public interest,” a FERC report said last week. According to a press release, Dominion’s leaders welcomed news of the the approval. “We are pleased by the FERC’s considered and timely action,” said Dominion CEO Tom…

Forest Acres Lowes Foods opening Wednesday, offering more than 2000 local products

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Midlands stay-at-home mom competing on ABC’s Jeopardy Thursday night

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UPDATE- Assembly Street re-opened after gas leak closed it

All lanes at the 1000 block of Assembly Street have resumed to normal traffic flow. Initial report below: The Columbia Fire Department, around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, reported that both sides of Assembly Street, in the 1000 block, near Pendleton Street, in Columbia were shut down due to a gas leak. Authorities are asking the public to avoid the area. Columbia…

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: Army Veteran Robert Fitzgerald

94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute host Don Sornson conducts a weekly interview with a local member of the Armed Forces. The current soldier of the week is Army Veteran Robert Fitzgerald. This is a preview of Sornson’s interview with Fitzgerald.

Robert Fitzgerald. Photo provided. By Retired Sergeant First Class Don Sornson Jr. You often hear an interview start with the host saying something like, “Robert, we’re glad you could be with us today.” In the case of US Army Veteran Robert Fitzgerald, we are indeed glad to have him with us today. During a combat mission, Fitzgerald sustained a gunshot…

Columbia removing controversial bike lanes from Farrow Road

Farrow Road, city of Columbia photo. The city of Columbia announced Farrow Road will soon be returning to its previous configuration.  The two bike lanes will be removed and traffic will be restored to two north-bound lanes, two south-bound lanes, and a middle turning lane. According to the city’s announcement, the project should be completed in approximately seven to 10…

Columbia’s Town Theatre bringing Beauty and the Beast to the stage

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Richland Library offers Learn Freely Fest

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Columbia presents free screening of Jumanji at Finlay Park

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Soda City FC, new semi-pro soccer team, has launch party in Columbia

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Family waits nine hours for stuffed animal at Build-A-Bear’s “Pay Your Age Day”

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